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Hi!

Well, i had a nice surprise last Saturday!

It had been a fairly busy week; a band shoot on Tuesday, Ruhrtriennale on Wednesday, Kammertheater Karlsruhe on Friday. Saturday was the turn of Theater Oberhausen to get a visit from me!

Imagine my joy when i arrived in the Theater on Saturday to see these beauties hanging!

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You can probably imagine, i was pretty impressed by these suckers! 180x120cm ish, and backlight!

Ego-boost ahoy!

Until next time!

Ant

Buy your own shizzle!

Hey guys!

Anyone who dropped by the shop recently will have seen something new!

For the first time, i’m offering up some Lightroom Preset Packs! That’s right kids, now you can edit in one click - apeman style.

Currently, there are two packs available, both containing 5 presets. One set colour, and one set of bangin’ black and whites!

And whats more - they’re at a crazy stupid low introductory price - so get on it, check them out!

Just make sure you purchase and download the packs on a real computer! Phones don’t like that sort of thing!

much love

Ant

Insta-unfamous

Morning all!

I'm still trying to get the second-part-of-the-Multi post together! So if anyone out there actually reads any of this (i know that by now, that number could quite possibly have reached double figures by now), and are expecting that post - it's coming, and i humbly apologise. Big sorry (those two words will be coming to another blog post soon!)!!!

Now, i'll be the first to admit that i'm a bit addicted to instagram. I love it. It's not even really that interesting is it? But still - 10 years ago it was dirty films all day, now it's instagram all day!

I'll even admit, that as i'm out there in the world offering a service (ICYMI - Photography), i have also indulged in a little bit of instagram advertising from time to time. You now? That little 'promote' tab you have next to that picture of your best friends sisters cousins cat? That's the one! Hit it! You'll be welcomed into Facebooks world of advertising!! 

On Facebook, it's a pretty pro set-up. It takes time to get an ad together and up and running. After much toil and bother, similar to the process of dealing with google ads, you can enjoy the experience of Facebook sapping money from your bank account on a regular basis in return for little to no results!

These days, everyone wants to be 'Insta-Famous'. The equation is fairly simple: Set up a profile, call yourself an influencer/lifestyle blogger/consultant/evangelist or whatever else springs to mind, take a crap photo of yourself, that looks like the other twenty photos you're planing to post, post that photo, hit 'promote'. Finished.

You're hot to trot now! Bajillions of online dollars and internet celebrity await.

All you need now, is the poor buggers like me, to double-tap that photo to death!

The thing is, i now seem to get (and i have checked) a promoted post from some so-called lifestyle expert or something similar EVERY 5 POSTS in my timeline! And to be honest, the quality of the posts/profile/person in general is questionable.

The first thing i think is not 'oh, follow follow follow, pleeeeese pretty please follow me back!'

It's not even 'well, this seems like a genuinely nice bloke who really has something to offer the world'.

What i tend to think is something more like 'seriously, this donut is spending money on this?'.

It's gotten to the point now where the profiles, or promoted posts are so bad, that i'm double-tapping the shit out of everything!! Why? Well, because then they get charged for their ad being successful! Suckers!

These promoted posts have also now become so frequent, that i thought i'd share some of my favourites. It's a bit mean i know - but these guys are looking for promotion anyway right? So, here it is fellas, free of charge - and do forget - bad publicity is good publicity!

 

Let's start with Ali Romeo! He's apparently offering a 'product/service' i'm guessing as a love guru - although, he seems to have spelt it wrong, so who knows. I'll let him off of the bad spelling though, based on the lovely way he edits his photos.

 Ali, the love nono

Ali, the love nono

 

Next up! Alex Schwarz. Not just any Alex Schwarz though - no, the OFFICIAL one! When he's not spending all his pocket money on advertising, he's lashing it out down at Snipes.

 Nice Rolex. Your dads?

Nice Rolex. Your dads?

 

Next, mister whatshisface. A musician, who, with his army of followers is spreading the love of wrist bands an not giving a fuck. 

 'I don't give a f***'. No? Me neither!

'I don't give a f***'. No? Me neither!

Lastly, for now at least, a fellow photographer. This one hurts. Area51 Photography. The guy is too out of this world for me, and should return, along with his selfies, to the Nevada desert at once!

 #followme - Noooo! Follow meeee! Pleeeease!

#followme - Noooo! Follow meeee! Pleeeease!

May god have mercy on me! 

Until next time, yours, instagram advertiser, Ant

Multi 2018 - Part 1

Hey!

A short update to my last post about Multi

The first week came to a close with a big event at a sportsground in Oberhause Holten. 

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The visiting kids were all there, and their guest-families invited too! Bouncy castle, bucking bronco, football tournament and lots of food - no more really needs to be said!

I also had the opportunity to get the drone out again for a bit of aerial work! There'll be more coming in the next post too ;)

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Week two has been a little less hectic than the first, with the program not being quite as packed as in the first week. 

As we head into the final big event, and the departure of all the visiting kids back home, it's time to start reflecting on what a great and interesting two weeks it's been. Keep an eye out for the next post!

👋🏻

 

Multi 2018 - Week one

Hello!

For the next couple of weeks i'm out and about, working for the City of Oberhausen, covering their annual student exchange program 'Multi'.

Multi is a program where children between 11 and 18 years old, from 16 different countries, visit Oberhausen to take part in a cultural exchange program, learning from each other and forming new friendships. 

 I will never EVER again complain about having to organise a group photo at a wedding or something! The kids and team of Multi 2018.

I will never EVER again complain about having to organise a group photo at a wedding or something! The kids and team of Multi 2018.

My journey with Multi started a couple of months ago when i was asked if i would like to document the event. I jumped at the chance to be involved, and at that time was unaware of the scale of the program, and the work behind the scenes that make it happen.

 speaking of behind the scenes... i spotted myself on YouTube

speaking of behind the scenes... i spotted myself on YouTube

The children are brought into guest families during their time in Oberhausen, and are kept busy everyday with a well thought out, comprehensive program of activities. These include sports, arts,  learning about environmental issues, and much more! 

The opening day of the event, and the welcoming party took place at Ebertbad in Oberhausen. If you follow my activities, you'll know that i'm no stranger to this venue!

 Ebertbad: The calm before the storm

Ebertbad: The calm before the storm

I'm not sure i've ever seen the place so full! 

Including the visiting children, and the army of volunteers behind the scenes, we were nearly 400 people strong!

I was really impressed by how well organised this initial event was. Guest speakers, VIPs, two mealtimes, disco, drinks etc etc, all ran like clockwork! A brilliant example of organisation, and set the bar of what has followed.

 Deputy mayor of Oberhausen, Apostolos Tsalastras, opens the event

Deputy mayor of Oberhausen, Apostolos Tsalastras, opens the event

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During this week, the kids have been out and about learning about the city. This was followed by a day of starting projects around the city - these included team building activities, music, sport and a bunch more stuff which will be demonstrated during an event at the cities football stadium on the final day next Friday.

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Thursday was surprise day. The kids, parents, and even most of the team wasn't aware of the plan!

During the day, the group visited an exhibition at the Gasometer in Oberhausen and in the evening a fleet of busses ferried everyone, including guests, to Bochum for a performance of the hit musical Starlight Express!

 Starlight Express Theater, Bochum

Starlight Express Theater, Bochum

The week has come to a close with a day of activities related to climate change, sustainable living, poverty and other issues being support by the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

 Multi team member Miriam

Multi team member Miriam

The coming weekend, and the half-way point of the program. A visit to watch local football is on the agenda, followed by a day of sporting activities on Sunday. 

Check out the blog next week for an update!